Classic Blueberry Crumb Cake from Martha Stewart. I've been making this one for years and still love it - particularly a little warm from the oven with a dollop of French Vanilla ice cream, but it's great plain with a cup of tea or coffee too.
Raspberry Sour Cream Tart
1 1/4 c graham cracker crumbs
1/4 c brown sugar, packed
1/4 c unsalted butter, melted
Mix together and press firmly into the bottom and sides of a 9" tart pan with a removable bottom (I used a springform pan). Bake until firm to the touch, approximately 8 minutes. Cool.
Filling & Topping:
6 oz (170 g) cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 c sugar
1/2 c sour cream
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 pint raspberries
1/4 c seedless raspberry jam
Beat cream cheese & sugar in a medium bowl til smooth. Beat in sour cream, lemon juice & vanilla. Spread over cooled crust. Chill until firm, at least 4 hours. Arrange berries over filling. Whisk jam in a small bowl to loose consistency (I put it in the microwave for 15 - 20 seconds as well). Drizzle over berries. Serve immediately or chill up to 3 hours.
I say again - delish!...M
Friday, August 31, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
And I used the hair clips again when attaching the binding. I am lovin' those things! I cannot believe how much faster and easier they are than pins - much less blood-letting too!
You can get 64 for $6 and it looks like they might be re-usable. I have to say I was amazed at how much faster things go (and how much less painful it is) when you aren't trying to pull the end of the needle out of your calloused finger. I'll definitely be using these from here on in. Maybe I'll work my way up to a real thimble one of these days.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Anyway, quite a while back I saw this tutorial that Wanda had posted for making quilted journal covers so I went out and bought a few little notebooks and waited for the inspiration to hit. She uses a lot of large Kaffe prints and batiks and I wanted to try it with the leftover batiks from my Neighbour's Fence quilts. So, as I was busy cutting blocks for my Flying Geese I decided to switch over and try making one of these (does it sound like I have a hard time focusing?).
The books are spiral bound and about 6" x 8"; I'm going to check the dollar store for a less expensive one - I think these were about $8 each. Regardless, they feel really nice in your hand. I mentioned that I was making these to the gals that organize the bazaar and they suggested making a few that would fit a bible, so I think I'll try a few of those as well, maybe in more traditional prints. Oh, the options!...M.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Grandma Mary's Five Patch from last fall? Well, I went back to that pile and cut 2.5" strips from many of the same fabrics, plus a few new ones - brights and florals and graphic prints that would suit a little girl - lots of yellow, pink, turquoise, green and a little blue.
You just sew the strips together, trim 2 strips of equal width from the length of the quilt, insert a double row of staggered short strips vertically and then re-attach the original strips. Easy peasy. The part that seemed to take the longest was ironing the seams; this is a project that would go very quickly with one person sewing and a second pressing the seams.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
A few years ago she took a fibre arts course at Haliburton School of The Arts and made this beautiful cushion top. It's layered pieces of fabric and fibres stabilized with Solvy, secured with tulle and then overstitched with the sewing machine.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
... and the second had lots of great bugs. Love the bumblebees...
Friday, August 17, 2012
Spring Garden put together and pressed. They are sweet. I had run out of the white that I had used and the white that I had on hand was not a match so I found a white-on-white print and used it. There will be a transition between the current edge and the border that I'm adding so this just makes it a subtle change.
Here's the recipe:
Mix in large bowl: 1 c pumpkin, 1 c sugar, 1/2 c oil, 1 egg
Add: 2 c flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp soda mixed with 1 tsp milk
Stir in: 1 c chocolate chips, 1/2 c nuts
Drop by teaspoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet/parchment. Bake @ 350F for 12 - 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Makes 36 cookies.
Note: If you are making a large batch, make two batches instead of doubling the recipe - you'll get nicer cookies. Once the soda/milk is added to the batter it reacts quite quickly so it's a good idea to get your cookies onto the pan and into the oven in short order.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Summer Fruit Crostata from a recipe by my patron saint, Ina Garten (aka The Barefoot Contessa). I LUV this dessert and make it several times once peaches and plums come into season. Not only is it great for dessert it is wonderful for breakfast with plain yogourt.
Unlike most of the recipes that I like this one doesn't have that much sugar so the fruit really shines through. And the rustic, free form crust makes it easy to whip.
But I digress. I'm really supposed to be sharing quilt tales with you, aren't I? In keeping with the fruit theme it seems the perfect time to share Betty's amazing Fruit Salad quilt that she started working on last fall.
The inspiration came from Kaffe Fassett's pattern in Quilts en Provence. Anne gave me this book last fall and I have to say that with the exception of Fruit Salad (which is on my TO DO list) and maybe two or three other patterns, I wasn't that impressed with it. I have several of his books but this one just seemed like it was a rush job to meet a printing commitment.
I left the cottage on Sunday but rumour has it that Jane was so inspired that she started cutting fabrics for the same quilt in a very similar palette. Great minds think alike. At the speed she moves she's probably got it half finished by now!...M